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April 9th, 2018

Roll Call – Quorum Present

Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Callery)

Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board.

Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, Real Estate Broker for Berkshire Hawathy Realty – Ms. ZalewskiWildzunas advised that the proposed Resolution for the HUD CDBG Grant Application for Assistance to Deli Master Foods involves a great piece of real estate that can be re-developed.

Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, advised that today the Board was just setting the date for the Public Hearing regarding the HUD CDBG Grant Application for assistance to Deli Master Foods. The actual Public Hearing for formal public comment for this will be held on May 14, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

Chairman Groff then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications and Report on the Agenda.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Letter from Dean Lefebvre, former Tupper Lake Town Supervisor, dated 21 March 2018 Subj: Opposition to Taxation of State Forest Preserve Lands from the Current Locally Assessed System to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) System Administrated and Controlled Solely by the State of New York.
     
  2. Letter from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, dated 26 March 2018 to Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board Subj: Receipt of Resolution 115, Opposing Taxation of State Forest Preserve Lands from the Current Locally Assessed System to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) System Administrated and Controlled Solely by the State of New York. Also, receipt of Resolution 116 Opposing Governor Cuomo’s Proposal Contained in the 2018 Budget Review Bill to Amend Laws Regarding the Current 480 and 480-A Forest Exemption and to Add a New 480-B Taxation of Forest Land Under a Forest Practice Program or Forest Certification Program Known as the Empire Forests for the Future Initiative. (Supervisor Lauria requested a copy)
     
  3. Communication from Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 85-18 Amending Resolution No. 22-18 – Approval of Veterans Services Contract 2018. (Supervisor Lauria requested a copy)
     
  4. Communication from Tioga County Legislature Subj: Resolution 78-18 Memorializing the Governor and New York State Legislature to Fully Fund Early Voting Operations.
     
  5. Communication from Chenango County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 50-18 Resolution Opposing Governor Cuomo’s Proposal Contained in the 2018 Budget Review Bill to Amend Laws Regarding the Current 480 and 480-A Forest Exemption and to add a new 480-B taxation of Forest Land Under a Forest Practice Program or Forest Certification Program Known as the Empire Forests for the Future Initiative.
     
  6. Communication from Chenango County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 55-18P Resolution Calling on the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Governor to Provide State Funding to Support Treatment and Transition Services to Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) who are Incarcerated in County Jails. (Supervisors Born and Young requested a copy)
     
  7. Communication from Chenango County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 51-18 in Opposition to 2018-2019 Executive Budget Revenue Bills #S7509 and #A9509 Part F-State Owned Lands Tax Cap Limitation.
     
  8. Communication from Chenango County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 46-18 Requesting New York State’s Primary be Held the Same Date as the Federal Primary. (Supervisors Lauria and Young requested a copy)
     
  9. Communication from Warren County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 119 of 2018 Resolution Calling on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Governor to Provide State Funding to Support Treatment and Transition Services to Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) who are Incarcerated in County Jails. (Supervisors Born and Greene requested a copy)
     
  10. Communication from Warren County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution No. 120 of 2018 Resolution in Opposition to Taxable State-Owned Land Conversion to Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Programs.
     
  11. Communication from Warren County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution No. 121 of 2018 Resolution to Increase State Support for Cornell Cooperative Extension County Associations in the State of New York. (Supervisors Howard, Greene and Young requested a copy)
     
  12. Communication from Essex County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution No. 36 of 2018 Resolution Opposing Governor Cuomo’s Proposal Contained in the 2018 Budget Review Bill to Change the Law Regarding Taxation of State Forest Preserve Lands from the Current Locally Assessed System to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) System Administrated and Controlled Solely by the State of New York.
     
  13. Communication from Essex County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution No. 37 of 2018 Opposing Governor Cuomo’s Proposal Contained in the 2018 Budget Review Bill to Amend Laws Regarding the Current 480 and 480-A Forest Exemption and to Add a New 480-B Taxation of Forest Land Under a Forest Practice Program or Forest Certification Program Known as the Empire Forests for the Future Initiative. (Supervisor Born requested a copy)

 

REPORTS

A. 2017 Annual Report, Fulton County Coroner’s Office

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

(No updates)

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Adirondack Government

Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a recent meeting of the Adirondack Government Local Review Board (AGLRB) and wanted to follow-up on the Communication received from the Essex County Board of Supervisors. He further advised that AGLRB also passed a Resolution urging AATV, Adirondack Inter-County, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC and New York State to come together with a plan to provide cell service coverage for all New York State residents and visitors and they sent their Resolution to Governor Cuomo. At the meeting, there was a speaker for AT&T who did a presentation on First Net Communication Emergency System.

Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks

Supervisor Potter thanked Chairman Groff for appointing him as the liaison for Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks for 2018. He reported that it was a modest year of achievements. He advised that he agreed with Supervisor Selmser about First Net and it is a very important and beneficial tool for Fulton County.

Soil and Water Conservation District

Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board had a very good year. He added with the implementation of a credit card machine, there were a lot more sales. Also, Soil and Water sold their boat washing station to Saratoga County

Soil and Water Conservation District

Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on March 20 and the next meeting will be held on April 17. He further advised that the Fulton County Highway Department has asked for help with three (3) projects this year. Also, that applications were received from three (3) farms for climate resilient farming. Mr. Greene also advised that Soil and Water officials are working with the Town of Johnstown to secure property for a new Soil and Water District Office.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

(No report)

RESOLUTIONS

No. 160 (Resolution Accepting Grant from the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council and Authorizing the Purchase of a Public Safety Drone) (Sheriff): Supervisor Argotsinger advised that he had no issue with the Sheriff’s Department obtaining a drone; however, he was a member on the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council for some time. He stated that, in his opinion, a public safety drone is not within the parameters of what GSLAC Enhancement Funds can be spent on.

Supervisor Lauria advised that the Planning Department has a drone that could be used and also Soil and Water Conservation District has a drone. He further advised sharing could be an example of shared services.

Supervisor Wilson agreed with what was said and he also agrees this could be done via shared services between departments within the county.

A motion was offered by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried, to waive the Rules of Order to take Action on Late Resolutions 174 and 175.

No. 174(Resolution Requesting that Governor Andrew Cuomo Designate Census Tracts Within the City of Gloversville as Opportunity Zones as Authorized by the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017): Mr. Stead explained that Gloversville City leaders want certain census tracts in the City of Gloversville designated as Opportunity Zones and asked for the Board’s support in the form of a Resolution.

Supervisor Howard asked how the census tracts are determined. Mr. Stead explained that it is done based upon average income of residents within U.S. Census tracts. Mapped Census tracts below certain income levels are eligible. Scott Henze, Planning Director and Sean Geraghty, Senior Planner, would have more information regarding how census tract lines are determined.

Mr. Stead advised that he recently found out that the public can vote to endorse census tracts by clicking a button on the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Council’s website. He further advised that the Governor has the final say on what census tracts are designated as Opportunity Zones and voting is not the only determining factor.

Supervisor Lauria stated that every citizen in Gloversville should get on the computer and vote for this because it would be good for Gloversville.

Chairman Groff then asked Social Services Commissioner Sheryda Cooper to come to the dais to receive a Proclamation. Supervisor Born read the Proclamation to Ms. Cooper.

PROCLAMATIONS

April 9th, 2018

WHEREAS, Fulton County includes countless older Americans who enrich and strengthen our community; and

WHEREAS, the Fulton Co. Office for Aging & Youth is committed to engaging and supporting older adults, their families, and caregivers; and

WHEREAS, we acknowledge the importance of taking part in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being—no matter your age; and

WHEREAS, our community can provide opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals young and old by: • promoting home and community-based services that support independent living; • involving older adults in community planning, events, and other activities; and • providing opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead, and mentor now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims May 2018, as “OLDER AMERICANS MONTH IN FULTON COUNTY”, and urges every resident to take time this month to celebrate older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community.

2018 Fourth Regular Session
April 9th, 2018

WHEREAS, Commissioner of Social Services Sheryda Cooper will retire on April 30, 2018; and

WHEREAS, during her career, Ms. Cooper established herself as a consummate professional and dedicated public servant, at all times committed to the best interests of the Department of Social Services in helping children and families in Fulton County; and

WHEREAS, Shery started her 40 year career of service in the Department of Social Services in April of 1978; first as a Social Welfare Examiner, moving to Caseworker and Senior Caseworker, transitioning to Case Supervisor in the Children and Family Services Unit in 1981, Director of Services in 1984 and Deputy Commissioner in 1987; and

WHEREAS, Shery was appointed Commissioner of Social Services in 2001 and held that post until her retirement; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper managed the largest County Department with steadfast organizational skills and constantly adapted to the ever-changing climate of ever-changing State mandates; and

WHEREAS, Shery’s reputation for preparedness and consistency in her presentations for Standing Committee meetings, conference sessions, and Board of Supervisors meetings was well-known; and

WHEREAS, all should take notice that the institution of the Department of Social Services was strengthened by her rise through the ranks and her tenure as its leader; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby thanks Ms. Cooper for her many years of dedicated service to the County of Fulton and offers its best wishes on the occasion of her retirement.

Ms. Cooper thanked the Board for their kind words. She stated that it has been an interesting journey and sometimes it was hard and challenging, but fulfilling. She further stated that she was very lucky to have the opportunity to work for the County and it has been a good place for her to work. She is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Selmser, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 1:40 p.m. Certified by: _________________________________________
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR FOODSTUFFS AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE FULTON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DESIGNATE CENSUS TRACTS WITHIN THE CITY OF GLOVERSVILLE AS OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS AUTHORIZED BY THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACTS OF 2017
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING LOCAL LAW “A” OF 2018, “AMENDING LOCAL LAW 5 OF 2017 THAT ESTABLISHED A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM IN THE COUNTY OF FULTON”
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY TREASURER TO CLOSEOUT CERTAIN CAPITAL PROJECTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING FILING OF A “CERTIFICATE OF WITHDRAWL”, “CERTIFICATE OF CANCELLATION” AND “CERTIFICATE OF PROSPECTIVE CANCELLATION” RELATIVE TO SBL# 43.-1-4/9999 and 43.-1-4/999, TOWN OF MAYFIELD (COUNTY TREASURER)
RESOLUTION REFERRING CERTAIN PARCELS TO THE FULTON COUNTY DEMOLITION TEAM (OPERATION GREEN SCENE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REFUND OF BID FOR CERTAIN AUCTION FORECLOSURE PROPERTY
RESOLUTION APPROVING RATE ADJUSTMENTS FOR CONTRACT WITH SCHILLER, KNAPP, LEFKOWITZ & HERTZEL, LLP FOR BANKRUPTCY FILINGS FOR 2018 (COUNTY TREASURER)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF A HAVA “SHOEBOX” GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE NYS BOARD OF ELECTIONS (BOARD OF ELECTIONS)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GRANT APPLICATION TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE FOR A “NEW SOLICITATION: STRENGTHENING THE MEDICAL EXAMINER-CORONER SYSTEM PROGRAM GRANT”
RESOLUTION WAIVING THE START RATE FOR AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY POSITION
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATION OF A 2002 MOTOR VEHICLE FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE NEW YORK STATE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION CALL FOR STATE FUNDING OF ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS IN EVERY SCHOOL
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING GRANT FROM THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF A PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE (SHERIFF)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF TO APPLY FOR A 2018-2019 GOVERNORS TRAFFIC SAFETY COUNCIL POLICE TRAFFIC SERVICES GRANT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF TO APPLY FOR A 2018 NYS LEGISLATIVE GRANT THROUGH SENATOR TEDISCO
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A MAINTENANCE CONTRACT BETWEEN BRITE COMPUTERS AND THE FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR MOBILE COMPUTERS (PATROL)
RESOLUTION RE-APPROPRIATING UNSPENT OHSP GRANT FUNDS INTO THE 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR PROBATION OFFICER RONALD BRIGGS TO ACCOMMODATE HIS SERVICE IN A CSEA REGIONAL OFFICER POSITION
RESOLUTION REALLOCATING FUNDS FOR TELEHEALTH ENGAGEMENT FUNDING IN THE 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET TO PURCHASE CELLULAR DATA (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING YEAR 3 (QUARTER 3) GRANT FUNDS FROM NORTH COUNTRY DSRIP TO OFFSET DEPARTMENT EXPENSES FOR THE TELEHEALTH PILOT INITIATIVE (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR CHILDREN WITH HANDICAPPING CONDITIONS 2018-2019 TRANSPORTATION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF AN OBSOLETE FORD ESCAPE (OFFICE FOR AGING)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CONTRACT BETWEEN DSS AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF FULTON AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES FOR CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES (100 PERCENT FFFS FUNDING)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD TO SIGN FULTON COUNTY CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES PLAN (2018-2023)
RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FULTON-MONTGOMERY-SCHOHARIE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD REGIONAL PLAN (2017-2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR TWO RECYCLABLES EJECTION CONTAINERS FOR THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DEPARTMENT OF SOLID WASTE TO PARTICIPATE IN FULTON COUNTY’S AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) PROGRAM
RESOLUTION RECLASSIFYING A SKILLED LABORER POSITION TO MAINTENANCE MECHANIC IN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2018)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND BARTON & LOGUIDICE, PC FOR SERVICES RELATED TO TITLE V PERMIT REQUIREMENTS (2018)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR OFF ROAD TRUCK FOR USE IN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN PARTNERSHIP FOR CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FOR THE VAIL MILLS SEWER SYSTEM PROJECT (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO BELLAMY CONSTRUCTION FOR THE VAIL MILLS SEWER SYSTEM PROJECT AS A COMPONENT OF THE SMART WATERS INITIATIVE (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING HUD CDBG GRANT APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE TO DELI MASTER FOODS
RESOLUTION RE-ALLOCATING THE SALARY RATE FOR THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF FACILITIES POSITION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES AND CERTAIN TOWN HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS FOR MOWING OF COUNTY RIGHTS-OF-WAY (2018)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR VARIOUS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS FOR USE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES (2018)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF RUNWAY AND TAXIWAY LIGHTING AND FENCING PROJECT AT THE FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NOTICE OF INTENT TO THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION TO OBTAIN A NEW SPEDES MULTI-SECTOR GENERAL STORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMIT FOR THE FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONSOLIDATED USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT WITH NYSDOT FOR VISITOR CENTER, FJ & G RAIL TRAIL AND VAIL MILLS SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO CONTRACT WITH STEVEN E. SMITH FOR CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION ON THE FULTON COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING RENOVATION PROJECT (2017 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO R & B CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FULTON COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING RENOVATION PROJECT (2017 CAPITAL PLAN)
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